Team-coach together, shall remain so says Sachin

Published: Friday, October 7, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Sachin Tendulkar today made an emphatic statement that there was no disunity among the team members following the recent spat between Sourav Ganguly and India coach Greg Chappell and said the members and coach are one family and would remain so.

"The team (members) and coach (Chappell) are together and would remain so though there can be different views. It is like in a family where the members are having different views.

But by this, it cannot be said there is no unity in the team," he stated.

"Both the team (members) and Chappell want to win. Only the paths they want to take (in trying to do so) may be different," the master batsman told reporters here today.

There is a need to find out which (path) would take them to victory," he added.

Tendulkar also made it clear that a media manager, who understands the language of players as well as the media, is a must for things to progress and to avoid any misquotes.

"I think one (permanent) manager is essential. He should be a person who understands the players' language and also the media's. It is important that one person handles both.It makes a huge difference and avoid any misquoting by the media," he said.

Tendulkar's views came in the aftermath of the controversial leak of the e-mail sent by Greg Chappell to some board officials to the media which created a furore and had to be settled by the Board's special Review Committee which spoke to both the players in Mumbai a few days ago.

The Board's special Committee, chaired by its President Ranbir Singh Mahendra, put a gag on the players from talking to the media on the issue and warned that any playertransgressing the order would face disciplinary action.

But it is debatable how far it has succeeded in applying it as quite a few players, including Ganguly, have been quoted in the media on the issue after the Board's warning.

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